Your fireplace mantel is the easiest place to add some instant holiday cheer. Look no further to find inspiration for the best look for your home.
Cozying up to the fireplace with a warm cup of hot cocoa or a ramekin filled with our favorite cobbler is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. The fireplace is one of the first places that guests are drawn into upon entering the living room, so it's important and festive to decorate your fireplace mantle with Christmas cheer.
From large hurricane vases filled with beautiful candles, to a garland draped over the mantle, we've got many merry Christmas mantel ideas to spark your holiday imagination. Add personal touches to your Christmas fireplace decor with photos or ceramic Christmas statues. Use plenty of red and green for festive mantel decorating, or tone it down with earthy features of artificial pine and cranberries. Get creative and decorate your outdoor fireplace, too! And, definately don’t forget the holiday stockings. No matter what you decide to use to decorate your mantel for Christmas, flipping through our mantel decorating ideas is the perfect way to get started.
Simple & Refined
To get this look, drape garland down the length of the mantelpiece.
Next, nestle large hurricanes in the garland, one on each end of the mantel for symmetry.
Finally, hang stockings above the hearth. Simply space them evenly along the mantel. Conceal hooks under garland, and add metal letters (ours are paperweights) for a personal touch.
Sophisticated & Natural
To get this look, start with a feathery cedar garland, which adds more feminine appeal. Nestle large frosted pinecones into garland and then wire smaller cones to branches for an out-of-the-woods look.
Finally, add color with fruits such as oranges and limes and fragrance with bundles of cinnamon sticks and scented votive candles.
Personal & Colorful
To get this look, start with your favorite evergreen garland, such as long-lasting white pine.
Next, anchor the ends of the mantel with clusters of red carnations in julep cups. Nestle the cups in the garland.
Finally, display holiday cards you have received or your family's cards from over the years.
Vintage & Whimsical
To get this look, begin with faux snow instead of heavy garland. Center mason jars, either colored like ours or clear ones, in the front and fill with various glass ornaments.
Next, display antique decorations such as vintage reindeer, snowmen, and miniature wire bottlebrush trees. Scatter old glass ornaments in shades of blue and silver and in all shapes and sizes. Place sparkling snowflakes among the snow.
Complete the look by draping a holiday greeting. This "Merry Christmas" garland is vintage, but it's easy to create your own from cardboard letters that are easy to decorate with silver glitter.
There's no need to ditch your normal mantel display for the holidays. Instead incorporate standards such as sconces, mirrors, and decorative plates.
Natural & Cheerful
To get the look, start with a variety of greenery and intersperse green and white flowers.
Add viburnum berries and pomegranates throughout the greenery to add color and texture.
Use extra materials from the mantel to make a small coordinating arrangement for your cocktail table.
Lush & Sophisticated
To get this look, start with a store-bought garland. Space five pieces of water-soaked florist foam, secured inside cages, along the mantel. (Cover your mantel in plastic to protect it.) Cover the foam with pieces of store-bought garland.
Next, insert clipped magnolia, holly, pine, and cedar into the foam. Make loops from aspidistra leaves by poking the stems through the tips of the leaves. Insert the stems into the foam.
Complete the look by layering in milo, millet, and rose hips. On the sides of the garland, wire in items that don't require water. Fill in holes with more magnolia. Keep it looking fresh by misting with a preservative called Floralife Crowning Glory Solution.
Decorate a Holiday Mantel
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Simple Christmas Mantel
A simple wreath paired with homemade burlap Christmas stockings dresses this fireplace mantel in chic, no-fuss, holiday style.